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New products at Crocus

by Sarah - June 4th, 2010.
Filed under: Crocus, New Products.

New lines at Crocus

hardwood-potting-bench-with-storage £159.99
Measurements:Distance from floor to draw: 90cmWidth: 65cmDistance from draw to to 1st shelf: 30 cmDistance from middle shelf to top shelf: 35cmTotal Height: 160cm

banana £14.99
Position: full sun to partial shadeSoil: fertile, moist but well-drained soilRate of growth:fastFlowering period: July to SeptemberHardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)From the monsoonal mountain forests in extreme Eastern India, this colourful variegated, variety of banana is as cold-tolerant as the regular Musa sikkimensis. When they are mature, its huge, paddle-like leaves are streaked with dark purple zebra stripes on the upper surface and a reddish purple below. In summer, mature plants bear long-lasting, yellow flowers. Garden care: Though the root is fairly hardy the foliage does need to be protected with a mulch of fleece and straw in autumn.
scorpion weed
scorpion weed £6.99
Position: full sunSoil: any, fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: average to fast-growing Flowering period: June to September Flower colour: lavender-blueOther features: contact with the foliage may aggravate skin allergiesHardiness: hardy annualAn upright, annual plant, which is ideal for a wildlife-friendly planting scheme. The stems are clothed with finely cut leaves which have a fern-like quality, and in summer the tips are covered by domed clusters of small, lavender-blue or blue, bell-shaped flowers with very long stamens. These flowers are very rich in nectar, so attract bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects like a magnet. The fast growing foliage will help suppress weeds and makes an atrractive groundcover.Garden care: Easy to grow, if you do not want the plants to set seed, remove the spent flowers as they fade.
lavender £3.99
Position: full sunSoil: fertile, well-drained soilRate of growth: averageFlowering period: July to SeptemberHardiness: fully hardyA compact form of the popular English lavender, named after plantsman Laurence Johnston’s famous Arts and Crafts garden in Gloucestershire. It produces dense spikes of fragrant, deep violet summer flowers above slender, aromatic, silvery-grey leaves. It is possibly the best lavender for edging paths and borders and the aromatic foliage perfumes the air if you brush against it. It also works well in a gravel garden, or clipped into a formal sphere for a contemporary look. The flower-spikes are highly attractive to bees and other nectar-loving insects.Garden care: Cut back the stalks after the flowers have faded. Carefully trim back in April, taking care not to cut into old wood.